Dundee Porter | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee PorterDundee Porter

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 11-04-2006

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Ratings: 468 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of waltek1
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving size: 12 ounce brown bottle that is part of the Dundee Craft Pack. There is no expiration date or born-on-date on either the bottle nor on the case itself.

A: Poured dark brown into a 14 oz glass. The light sand-colored head disappeared quickly.

S: A mix of roasted malt and peat. Not overly aromatic.

T: Dominated by a roasted coffee taste, with a smoky malt undertone.

M: One definitely feels the carbonation on the palate. Medium bodied brew.

D: Not a session beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I have enjoyed both bottles of porter from the Dundee Craft Pack in one sitting.

This is a solid offering by Dundee Brewing, especially at the Dundee Craft Pack's price point. A good stepping-stone beer, this porter would serve well in introducing someone to the style. It is drinkable, has good flavor, but is not overpowering.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Dundee Sampler Pack...

A: deep, dark brown with a frothy khaki head, decent retention and lacing.

S: Roasted malts, roasted nuts and hints of carmel and cocoa.

T: like the scent, roasted malts, roasted nuts, hints of sweet carmel and cocoa. slight smoke. Not full flavored, but good.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation

D: Nice, decent porter... nothing more and nothing less.

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Photo of showell
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm, this is the second one I've tried from my mixed Dundee 12 pack.

Appearance on this one is okay. I really have come to expect darker from a Porter. The head was about an inch, and disipated in about a minute and a half. The smell was burnt coffee. The taste was a bit thin and weak for a porter. It was by no means bad, just kind of weak. Mouthfeel was okay. Drinkability was okay too. Maybe it's a porter "light"?

I don't know. So far, I'm not terribly impressed with Dundee. It's not BAD, it's just not great either and there's lots of other better beers. Still, I got the mixed 12 pack for a decent price. I think I paid around $12 for it. Not bad for something new to try.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark brown in color with an off-white head

Smell: A nice roasted coffee smell with a slight hint of malted sweetness

Taste: It still has that roasted taste, similar to the smell but unfortunately it almost has a bitter medicinal taste. The unpleasant medicine taste is very slight but still it has an off taste because of it.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle poured into a mug

Dundee Porter poured black with a limited tan head and lacing. The aroma and taste is of light burnt coffee and roasted malts. This Porter is a little on the thin side for the style. It has smoothness despite the thinner body.

This Ale has good drinkability for a Porter, however, was hoping for a slight bit more flavor.

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Photo of jimj21
4.01/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of a mixed twelve pack. Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brown. Pour produces about two fingers of light brown head. Retention is decent and there is a good amount of lacing. When held up to the light, there are some reddish tinges around the edge. Good appearance for a porter.

Smell is malty and sweet. There is a slight bit of roastiness as well. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a small amount of floral aroma. Hints of cocoa as it warms.

Taste is what you would expect from a good porter. Malty/caramel sweetness is balanced by some roasted bitterness. Hops are floral and don't contribute much bitterness. A little fruity sweetness is there in the middle. Seems like there is some dark chocolate there in the beginning which sweetens a little toward the end.

Mouthfeel is good and quite creamy. Medium bodied. Could be a tad thicker, but not bad. Carbonation is a little low, which works with the style.

I think this is the best of the six styles in the twelve pack. and a good beer overall. There is a lot of good flavor and it's easy to drink. A good take on the style.

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Photo of GordonQuid
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark amber, one inch head that dissapates to a quarter inch head with slight lacing.

Smell is a bit hollow for a porter. but there is some grainy sweetness in the nose as well as some toasty biscuit. Virtually no hop profile.

Taste is a slight burnt toast and cara malts. Very drinkable and not at all bad. The 6.5% ABV gives it a nice finish.

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Photo of CHL
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark and opaque with a pleasant tan head that rings the glass. Perfect visage of a dark beer.

Smell is malty, and vaguely sweet, with perhaps some piney hops. Can't put my finger on it, but it's not what I would hope. However, it delivers pretty well on taste. There's nice malt, with just a touch of roastedness, and some chocolate-tabacco kinds of flavor. It's biased on the sweet side and leaves a sticky sort of aftertaste that I don't like, but it's great going down. Medium-bodied, good amount of carbonation and very smooth.

This came from their sampler pack, and I think it's the best of the lot.

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Photo of Bockrules
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours an opaque dark brown with a one finger dark tan head. Head has fallen apart about two-thirds down the glass, leaves a few splotches of lacing.

S - Upon opening the bottle, can smell sweet roasted malt along with some molasses notes. Makes me want to take a sip!

T - Sweet up front followed by a powerful and well balanced body. Toasted malt and molasses notes are well balanced by (English?) hops. Finnish is bitter-sweet before fading into a molasses aftertaste. Simple, but good.

M - Medium-heavy body with a very creamy texture. This beer seems to expand in my mouth, a quality I look for in a well crafted porter. Excellent work!

D - This was probably the best beer in Dundee's Craft Pack. Although this beer is very well balanced, the one dimensional molasses flavor would get to me after a while, so I would only want to drink one or two of these in a night. Now that I have tried the entire selection, I can say that Genesee brewing company tends to make average, unmemorable beers. I would recommend the craft pack to someone just getting into beer tasting because it's cheap,relatively inoffensive to a macro drinker, and offers a good general idea of different beer styles. That being said, I hope to never purchase Dundee again (Except perhaps the honey brown for wrenchin' beer).

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a flute. No freshness date is evident on the bottle or label.

Pours a very dark, clear, nearly-opaque brown that shows deep ruby when held to the light. Shows off a full, thick, rich head of tan mousse that fades away slowly, settling to a thin crown that leaves behind slight patchy lace on the walls of the glass.

The malty aroma holds notes of caramel and toffee with slight toasted biscuit and a bit of licorice.

A medium, mildly-carbonated body carries with it a somewhat bitter palate of lightly-burnt biscuit and unsweetened chocolate, caramel and toffee and just a bit of dark pit fruit. Finishes very dry with and mildly bitter, with a hint of grain and praline.

Quite drinkable, and a very nice interpretation of the style. A bit robust and a touch heavy with its 6.5% ABV, but quaffing a few of these in good company would certainly be no chore. Very satisfying.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a menacingly dark black. Serious black. Absolutely opaque, even held up to the light. The head is a nice, milk chocolate brown. Made about one finger of head that lingers for a while. Delicious looking.

S - Smell is big on this. Almost like cappuccino and red wine. Intriguing and rich.

T - Very interesting taste. Bitter chocolate and coffee taste. Not exceedingly bitter, however. Taste lingers for a while and leaves a nice bitter taste behind. I noticed a little metallic taste to it on the first few sips, but I either got used to it or had it too cold because it tastes much better now.

MF - Smooth from start to finish. Almost a milky consistency.

D - Taste is good, but I think it's a little too heavy to have more than one or two.

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Photo of tj4288
4.34/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from bottle into chilled mug.

a- very very dark black. almost completly black even when held up tp light. great big creamy 3finger head, only receded slightly staying thick and creamy. leaves great lacing

s- a slight hint of malt, a hint of floral hops, and some burnt bitter coco. generaly weak smell.

t- a little on the malty side, not very harsh or bitter at all. some chocolate, roasty malts.

m- nice smooth creamy feel. not to heavy but not watery. perfect amount of carbonation to quench a thirst.

d- fairly easy drinkin but still holds a great body and perfectly balanced amount of flavor. this is a porter that i would grab for a second one. and yes i would buy it again.

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Photo of schmitter
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours almost black, only a very dark brown if you hold it directly to the light. The only smell that jumps out is malt. Very thick head that was persistent. Creamy taste, with coffee and slightly burnt tastes. Its a good beer from a mixed pack but I never wanted more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date to be found.

A - Almost black with a creamy tan head which stuck around for a while and left patches of lacing on the glass.

S - Dark roasted malts linger with a small touch of toffee and coffee on the nose. Mild smell overall.

T - Bigger roasted malt flavors than the smell eluded to. The roasted malts bring out a dark coffee bean and cocoa powder finish that's fairly bitter.

M - The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and represents the style fairly well.

D - I guess that if you'd like to put porters away all night this would be a good choice for a porter but it really doesn't offer much in the long run.

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Photo of jsh420
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours the darkest brown almost black with a 2 finger tan head that leaves spotted lacing

smell - honestly i dont smell anything??? i wont give it a 1 since it does taste pretty good

taste - is nice roasted and sweet carmel malts - small amount of cocoa and hop bitterness - tad watery

mouthfeel while a bit thin it still is carbonated well and has a creamy finish

drinkability is good - and easy drinking flavorful light porter that will not fill you up

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Photo of JMD
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich deep brown/mahogany color with reddish tones. Frothy off-white head that dissipated slowly. Moderate lacing.

S: Toasted malt, molasses, ripes plums, some chocolate and coffee.

T: Roasted malt, toboacco, some chocolate. Has a bitter, almost soapy finish. Pretty mild for a porter.

M: I found the texture of this beer to be a bit odd. Watery, yet high carbonation and tingly. Like drinking club soda

D: Not bad, but not great. I bought this as part of mix 12 pack, and this is one of the better beers in the group. But I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Weak white head that disappeared within a couple minutes. Very dark brown, root beer color. Smell was good, caramel malt and light hops, although not much coffee or smokeyness. The taste was medium malt, more like a dark nut brown without the sweetness. Again, no coffee, no roasted or smokey flavors, and little, if any chocolate. As far as mouthfeel, this was slightly more heavy than your typical black and tan. Flat out thin for a porter!

Not a bad tasting beer, but not at all what you expect from something labeled a porter.
Let's hope I got an old bottle. Although, a decent bottled porter should hold up better than this.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a totally opaque shade of black. Good frothy head with super retention up top. Nose is somewhat subdued but has an interesting hint of sourness to it. Taste is good, very smooth and dark. There is almost a feeling of burntness to this beer which is actually rather spectacular. Mouthfeel is big and chompy, just what I want in a good porter, overall an excellent example of the style in the mid price range.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic.

Pours a dark mahogany with ruby edges. Towering sand colored whipped cream head that slowly collapses lacing the glass thoroughly. Not bad so far.

Aroma is weak, but I can pull out roasty malt and light hops.

Flavor is cocoa powder and burnt malt. Copper pennies and slightly stringent hops. Strange flavors, slightly sour and a little off putting. Booziness on the finish.

Moouthfeel is medium to light with a small softed edged carbonation making it almost creamy, almost. The biggest problem with the texture is the thin quality.

I don't know what the weird off flavors are, but I seem to be getting them to different degrees in all of the Dundees beers.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The rain was falling, I was damp from searching for a damn 2x4x8' for twenty-odd minutes. This beer was waiting for me when I returned home.

A-Nice dark brown beer, allowing some light in on the edges. Tan head rose nicely off the pour, letting me know what kind of beer I was getting into. Theh head receded kinda quickly, though, to a thin, dwindling layer.

S-Cocoa maltiness with a hint of roast, but mostly cocoa.

T-Yum. Robust, roasted and chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee appearing later in the flavor. Bitterness keeps me on my toes, while effectively providing a nice balance to the malty goodness. Finishes pretty clean, dry, with some residual coffee and roasty flavors.

M-Medium carbonation. Medium-light body, perfect for the occasion, and lending itself well to sessionability.

D-Highly drinkable, as stated, as a session beer. Not probably the most complex flavor, but it doesn't need that for the style. Very tasty and satisfying.

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Photo of beerman207
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in the variety pack. Glad that it comes with two because the first one I tried was definately skunky. This came out much better.

A - Appearance is dark - dark dark brown with little light coming through. Head is about 2 fingers along with some minimal lacing

S - Nothing impressive here as I was hoping for some more to come througn. Some malt and very limited chocolate coming through but you have to really search.

T - Taste is good - Malt, chocolate, maybe some expresso, really nice.

M - Mild - not too bold

D - Could definately see a few of these going down.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass:
A: Jet black with a dark coffee half-finger's head which dissipated quickly, left a bit on top all the way down.
S: Smoke, coffee, slightly toffee-caramel
T: Smoke and coffee all the way through with some burnt malt as well
M/D: Not amazing on the feel, but as it warms up and the flavors come out, it gets better. Good.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of the Dundee variety case that I bought from Bryn Mawr Beverage in Bryn Mawr, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is rather dark, a light black. The head is small, light tan, sporadic but lots of lacing, ok retention.
Smell: The aromas are roasted malt, chocolate malt and expresso.
Taste: The flavors are similar to the smell, but I was getting some fruit, maybe some raisins.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice and smooth.
Drinkability: This is a rather drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this brew pours a deep brown with some ruby red highlights. A half inch of tan head settles to a surface cap in a couple minutes and throws off some sheet lacing.

Chilled notes of chocolate and a hint of coffee on the nose. bit or roasted and smoke notes accompany. Gaining more complexity and richness as the beer warms, and showing some earthy hop notes as well.

Taste is nice and offers a medium chocolate finish. Moderate in body for a Porter yet reasonably well balanced yielding a decent feel and drink. Best beer out of a mixed 12 pack. Unfortunately the other 5 don't justify another purchase. In the end this tastes like a rich Black Lager..

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Photo of ommegoose
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the Dundee Craft pack. 6.5% abv.

Pours out very dark, but not quite opaque. Deep reddish hues when held to the sunlight. Some spiderweb lacing.

Aroma of cocoa powder, and roasted malt.

Nice roasty malt and bittersweet chocolaty flavor. Finishes with a smooth dry cocoa powder. Not sweet compared to porters like Anchor's. Complexity is not really Dundee's calling card. This was no different, but this beer just tastes better than their others. Hops seem only to serve as a bittering agent, blending with the malt to create that bittersweet flavor.

Mouthfeel is not the best factor here. It doesn't detract much, but you'd expect more body in a 6.5% beer. Other porters do this better.

This is the standout in the Dundee line. It's really quite good. While I didn't think the mouthfeel was superb, the lighter body makes this more drinkable than some other porters, many of which sit pretty heavy with me. I could have a few, and I'd probably get tired of it if I had it too often, but it's not bad at all.

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Dundee Porter from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.45 out of 5 with 468 ratings